The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Graphic, gory, profane undead tale starring kids impresses.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Themes of friendship, adopted family, death, responsibility. Suggests some hard problems have no good solutions, but just less bad solutions. Explores dangers of kids with guns and the consequences of kids growing up without parental supervision.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Clementine is doing her best to look after AJ and teach him how to survive, and that involves showing him how to kill the Walking Dead. She's aware that he takes cues directly from her and she tries to teach him what's right and wrong, but she isn't always successful.

Ease of Play

Players need to only move around, interact with objects, and follow on-screen cues to press buttons at the right time. Awareness and reflexes are all that's needed to keep progressing, and failing a challenge simply results in the game reloading to a point just a few seconds earlier.

Violence

Gory, intense melee and gun combat from a third-person perspective. The player's character jabs a knife into the skulls of several living dead, resulting in crimson gushes. She repeatedly bludgeons a recently zombified teen friend to permanently kill her. An older boy gets shot in the head and killed by a much younger boy. Undead enemies are gorily disfigured, showing innards including brains, intestines, and other organs.

Sex
Language

Frequent strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t," spoken by kids ranging in age from preteen to late teen.

Consumerism

Part of the popular Walking Dead franchise, which spans comics, TV shows, collectibles, and games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Empty liquor bottles litter some environments.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know The Walking Dead: The Final Season is a third-person narrative adventure for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game is set during a zombie apocalypse, with scenes of intense violence and lots of strong language. Players control a teenager named Clementine who, along with a young boy she's looking after, take refuge in a dilapidated private school where only a handful of kids and no adults remain. Clementine is a good kid and tries to show the boy how to survive in a terrifying world, but makes some questionable decisions, such as arming him with a gun. Players make many of Clementine's choices for her, but often there's no right answer or "good" outcome, suggesting that no-win situations are an unavoidable part of life that must be accepted. Violence is frequent and gory, with knives repeatedly jabbed into the skulls of the living dead. One scene involves an extended and graphic bludgeoning of a recently zombified teen friend, while another sees one kid shoot another in the head. Many of the kids frequently use very strong language, including "f--k."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJon oooooooooooooooo October 9, 2018
Adult Written byPlaystationXL September 14, 2018

Soft tragic stories

it's a story of a girl protecting a little boy through a tough world despite what's around and i find a perfect way to show someone strong that way
Teen, 15 years old Written byCoMmOnSeNsEiShOmO August 17, 2018

A great but 18+ game.

This game should only be for people that are age 18 and above. It shows bloody and disgusting things that are not for kids. It is very violent. But the game its... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 16, 2018

if youve played the series

it does have a lot of swear words not very many in the begnning but t does lke what csm says t has a lot of gore t also tells you how to survive the apocalpse

What's it about?

THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON begins with series star Clementine -- now a teenager -- and her young charge AJ starving and scavenging for food. The pair meet up with a group of fellow kids who have taken refuge behind the walls of a dilapidated private school. They quickly become members of the group, meeting and getting to know their new peers. Like earlier entries in the series, the story revolves around making hard decisions, and this time most have to do with Clem showing AJ how to behave and survive in a world full of undead and untrustworthy strangers. Players are given choices in dialogue that can determine how other characters see and deal with Clementine, and even who lives and who dies. Outside dialogue, players move Clementine around environments looking for supplies and collectibles or fighting enemies. Combat, as usual, is performed by following cues to tap specific buttons or move in a certain direction. Episodes lasts a couple of hours each, and typically end with a narrative cliffhanger.

Is it any good?

What will become of those who inherit a world of undead? That's the question The Walking Dead: The Final Season sets out to answer by setting the action among a group of kids at an old boarding school, creating a bit of a Lord of the Flies vibe along the way. Without parents or adults around, these kids must govern themselves and make lots of hard choices without any guidance. Clementine, meanwhile, has come full circle. She began the series as a very young girl who learned how to survive from a stranger who adopted her, and now that she's a bit older, she's filling the role of mentor to an adopted kid of her own. Seeing her struggle to serve as a good role model for AJ, equipping him mentally and emotionally for the horrifying world in which he lives, is fascinating. And watching her do it among a group of peers who have had to fend for themselves -- and perhaps not as successfully as she -- makes us respect her all the more. It's a great way to tell the final chapter of her story.

And Walking Dead has never looked better. Visual details -- including realistic hair and clothing movement, improved shadowy areas, and authentic lighting effects -- easily set this final series of episodes apart from its predecessors. What's more, the series' tried and true adventure-style play mechanics, while more or less unchanged at their core, have been gently updated for this final series. Movement feels a bit more fluid and intuitive, and there's more to see and find in world exploration. Clem can even display the stuff she discovers in her and AJ's dorm room. And at the end of each episode, we're provided more information about our progress than ever before via a more extensive review of our choices, including Clem's current standing with all of the kids in her new group. The Walking Dead: The Final Season may feel familiar, but it's also bold and gratifying in unexpected ways -- a strong send-off for one of the most empathetic and lovable characters in modern games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. How is the impact of violence in The Walking Dead: The Final Season affected when the people committing the violence are kids instead of adults? Does it matter that you're destroying monsters instead of other people?

  • When some problems have no good solution, but instead options that are just different degrees of bad, how do you make this decision? Have you had to handle this kind of problem, and if so, how did you deal with it afterward?

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